Texas state government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Texas state government Texas to Pass School Transgender Bathroom Law A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:20:00 GMT 2017-05-23T01:20:00Z Courts could put Texas GOP's aggressive agenda to the test AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they're in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:31:00 GMT 2017-05-22T23:31:00Z Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country's second-largest state use public restrooms according... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:22:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:22:00Z Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The "Freedom to Serve Children Act" received a late push in the Legislature ahead of the Ma... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:03:00 GMT 2017-05-22T11:03:00Z Texas adoption agency 'religious refusal' closer to law AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pushed the state closer to a law that allows publicly-funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The Senate gave final approval early Monday, sending it to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for his considerat... Mon, 22 May 2017 06:27:00 GMT 2017-05-22T06:27:00Z Texas revives transgender 'bathroom bill' for public schools AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country's second-largest state use public restrooms accordin... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:47:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:47:00Z Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment HOUSTON (AP) — A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Al Green held a town hall meeting and played recordings of several threatening voicemails left at his offices in Houston and Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports . ... Sun, 21 May 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-05-21T03:30:00Z Texas moving to exclude 'dreamers' from college work-study AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas legislators are seeking to deny work-study aid to immigrants attending public college under a temporary residency permit, a move that starkly contrasts with a policy enacted 16 years ago that positioned the state as the nation's most welcoming place for foreign-born students. Under the proposal, which is on the verge of clearing... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:37:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:37:00Z Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. John Cornyn has told the Trump administration he isn't interested in serving as FBI director, the second member of Congress to take himself out of the running this week. Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general and judge on the state supreme court, was interviewed for the position after President Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey last week. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:53:00Z Sister: Weakened 'Sandra Bland Act' in Texas 'gut-wrenching' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The sister of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail following a confrontational traffic stop with a white state trooper, says it is "gut-wrenching" that lawmakers stripped police reforms from a bill named after her sibling and are now pushing a weakened compromise that "painfully misses the mark." Bland's death in 201... Sun, 14 May 2017 03:47:00 GMT 2017-05-14T03:47:00Z The Latest: Trump says 'fast decision' may come on FBI chief WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's search for a new FBI director (all times local): 8:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says "a fast decision" might be made on selecting a new FBI director, possibly by late next week. Trump leaves Friday for his first foreign trip as president. He tells reporters ... Sun, 14 May 2017 00:22:00 GMT 2017-05-14T00:22:00Z Texas house fire kills 3 children, injures 6 other people CONROE, Texas (AP) — Three children trapped on the second floor of a burning house died early Friday, despite the efforts of police officers to rescue them as flames engulfed the building near Houston. Six members of the same family were hurt, including three with serious injuries, authorities said. Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer said the c... Sat, 13 May 2017 00:45:00 GMT 2017-05-13T00:45:00Z Road to passage for Texas 'bathroom bill' getting far harder AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The path for Texas to enact its version of a North Carolina-style bathroom bill is poised to get far tougher after the Republican-controlled state House ran out the clock Thursday on a key midnight bill deadline. A proposal mandating transgender people to use public restrooms according to their birth certificate gender sailed through ... Fri, 12 May 2017 05:02:00 GMT 2017-05-12T05:02:00Z Top Texas official out over 'unacceptable' Iraq consulting AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former watchdog over U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq has been forced out of a powerful Texas job after he moonlighted as a consultant for the Iraqi government. Stuart Bowen was asked to resign as inspector general of the sprawling Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said John Wittman, a spokesman for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Bowen's o... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:28:00 GMT 2017-05-11T21:28:00Z Texas House OKs giving adoption agencies 'religious refusal' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill headed to the Texas Senate would allow publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The state House gave final approval 93-49 on Wednesday, after lengthy debate the previous night. The state Senate is even ... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:48:00Z Texas House OKs letting adoption groups deny non-Christians AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many state-funded Texas adoption and foster care agencies routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants on religious grounds — and legislation that got initial approval in the state House on Tuesday is designed to protect them from potential lawsuits from doing so. The private organizations, which are paid by the state t... Wed, 10 May 2017 04:11:00 GMT 2017-05-10T04:11:00Z The Latest: Texas House OKs rejecting non-Christian parents AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a Texas bill allowing adoption agencies to raise "religious objections" to would-be adoptive parents (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Publicly funded adoption agencies that ban non-Christian, unmarried, or gay prospective parents could soon be shielded by the state of Texas. The House v... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:48:00Z Texas votes to give immigration lockups child care licenses AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are advancing a proposal to license family immigrant detention centers as child care providers. The state Senate voted 20-11 Tuesday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would allow Texas to license two family lockdowns, despite a past state court ruling that such facilities do not meet minimum requirements to care for kids. The me... Wed, 10 May 2017 01:02:00 GMT 2017-05-10T01:02:00Z ACLU warns Texas travelers about 'sanctuary city' law AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a warning about traveling to Texas because of the state's new law banning so-called sanctuary cities. The ACLU said Tuesday that Texas travelers should anticipate "the possible violation of their constitutional rights" if stopped by police. The new law allows officers to ask people about their immigration sta... Tue, 09 May 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-05-09T20:41:00Z Texas governor signs ban on so-called 'sanctuary cities' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas pushed to the forefront of national debate over immigration Sunday night when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called "sanctuary cities" ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally and threatens sheriffs with jail if they don't cooperate with federal immigration agents. The new Tex... Mon, 08 May 2017 04:36:00 GMT 2017-05-08T04:36:00Z 10 Things to Know for Monday 1. EMMANUEL MACRON BECOMES FRANCE'S YOUNGEST PRESIDENT The pro-European centrist's resounding victory dashes far-right rival Marine Le Pen's hopes of riding the populist wave that swept Donald Trump into the White House. 2. TEXAS GOVERNOR SIGNS BAN ON "SANCTUARY CITIES" The law allows police to ask about a person's ... Mon, 08 May 2017 01:25:00 GMT 2017-05-08T01:25:00Z Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organiza... Sun, 07 May 2017 03:37:00 GMT 2017-05-07T03:37:00Z Correction: Severe Weather-Texas-The Latest story CANTON, Texas (AP) — In a story April 30 about severe weather, The Associated Press reported erroneously the circumstances of the death of a 7-year-old in Mississippi. The Rankin County coroner says the boy's death was not storm-related. The story below removes the incorrect Latest item: The Latest: Fire chief struck by car included in death toll An Arkan... Fri, 05 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT 2017-05-05T19:05:00Z What to know as Texas nears passing 'sanctuary city' law AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — What to know about a Texas bill targeting so-called 'sanctuary cities' that is heading to the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has pledged to sign the measure that immigrant-rights activists say will lead to profiling and discrimination. COMPARISONS TO ARIZONA'S LAW Opponents blast the Te... Thu, 04 May 2017 16:17:00 GMT 2017-05-04T16:17:00Z Texas Legislature passes ban on so-called 'sanctuary cities' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature on Wednesday passed a ban on so-called "sanctuary cities" that allows police officers to ask about a person's immigration status and threatens sheriffs and police chiefs with jail time if they don't work with federal authorities. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to sign the bill into law, which could now c... Thu, 04 May 2017 00:31:00 GMT 2017-05-04T00:31:00Z Texas divided on jailing delegates to 'convention of states' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas legislators who support a convention of states to rewrite the U.S. Constitution are at odds over whether to jail delegates who "go rogue" and impose unwanted changes at the longshot gathering. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to bypass Congress and limit Washington's power via a federal balanced budget amendment and term limits... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:16:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:16:00Z Oklahoma author awarded ownership of microfilm lunar Bibles TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Texas state agency has withdrawn its ownership claim to 10 microfilm Bibles that Apollo astronauts took into space, ceding them to an author who says they were left to her by a NASA chaplain who helped send the tiny books into the heavens, court records show. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services dropped its claim to ... Tue, 02 May 2017 19:40:00 GMT 2017-05-02T19:40:00Z Take that, Washington! Texas looks to nullify federal laws AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans who control Congress and the White House have promised to slash the size of the federal government while easing regulations on guns, the environment and energy production. But in the nation's largest conservative state of Texas, it may not be enough. A proposal in the GOP-led Legislature would allow Texas to ignore federal... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:04:00 GMT 2017-04-28T05:04:00Z Texas backs tough 'sanctuary city' ban as federal push slows AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House approved a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" Thursday, empowering local police to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail. A late tweak backed by some of the chamber's most conservative voices could ensure that law enforcement ac... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:57:00 GMT 2017-04-27T20:57:00Z Texas poised to pass 'sanctuary city' ban with jail penalty AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities. Although Democrats don't have the votes in the Republican-controlled Legislature to s... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:41:00 GMT 2017-04-27T02:41:00Z